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This is often the 1st publication to set out a whole diversity of study concepts for comparing the scientific perform of acupuncture. best acupuncturists and researchers with overseas reputations percentage their services. They illustrate their descriptions with sensible examples of what has labored and what has now not. It outlines the various key demanding situations within the box. those demanding situations relate to the character of acupuncture and the distance among present learn facts and the particular stories of acupuncturists within the box. via focusing the chapters on key learn questions, instead of equipment, the e-book has a simple believe. each one bankruptcy is well obtainable with short factors of analysis designs in addition to vignettes of appropriate earlier learn. The publication is predicated on a deep realizing of acupuncture, with its inherent complexity in perform, even if according to conventional rules or extra smooth thoughts. by way of incorporating a extra refined knowing of the sector, this booklet information quite a number innovations aiming to advance the proof base with the maximum rigour. it's the first booklet on acupuncture learn to take this precise view, integrating the superior of evidence-based drugs with a real sensitivity to the self-discipline of acupuncture, from its conventional and holistic roots to its extra glossy interpretations.

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Another important challenge is the development of a more complete understanding of the nature of acupuncture, including the inherent diversity derived from its philosophical and cultural roots. OVERVIEW OF IMPORTANT PHILOSOPHICAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXTS OF ACUPUNCTURE 16 Acupuncture arose in quite different cultural contexts from Western medicine and the scientific method encapsulated in the ‘Enlightenment’. Therefore there are important cultural and philosophical differences between acupuncture and modern bio-medicine.

Thus one of the early foci for the physiological investigations of okyu was into its immunological effects (Hara 1929, Tamura 1934). Between 1912 and 1941 more than 45 studies were completed showing the probable physiological and immunological basis of okyu moxibustion therapy (Manaka et al 1995, p 353–354). For example studies found that this kind of moxibustion stimulated red blood cell production (Hara 1927) while acupuncture needling generally did not — leading to a clinical differentiation still taught in many Japanese acupuncture schools (Manaka et al 1995, p 353).

Address given at the annual assembly of the Japan Meridian Treatment Association, Tokyo, March 29–30, 1986. Published in English in the Journal of the Acupuncture Society of New York 1(3–4):9–18 Manaka Y, Itaya K, Birch S 1995 Chasing the dragon’s tail. Paradigm Publications, Brookline Matsumoto T 1968 Experimental study on fukushin (abdominal palpation). Japan Acupuncture and Moxibustion Journal 17(3):13–16 McCarroll G D, Rowley B A 1979 An investigation of the existence of electrically located acupuncture points.

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